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130 Arrested At Occupy Chicago—Occupy Wall Street About A Fair Shake For Hard Working People

A big thanks to the 130 people arrested at Occupy Chicago yesterday.

Above is a recent photo from the Occupy Chicago Facebook page.

Occupy Chicago will continue its efforts despite the arrests.

After two nurses were arrested, National Nurses United will be marching on Chicago City Hall to demand that the all charges be dropped.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised something like $12 million for his election victory earlier this year.

The whole process is so corrupt on both sides of the aisle.

Nurses and everyday working people don’t have millions of dollars to get their message out.

What everyday people have is their time, effort, and imagination.

People should not be arrested for taking part in our democracy.

I support the Occupy Wall Street movement because I am a hard-working, taxpaying citizen who votes in every election.

People should have access to good jobs and those jobs should offer fair wages and good benefits.

Those most able to pay taxes should pay a fair share.

Everyday American citizens should have a larger voice in our politics.

Here is the Occupy Wall Street website. 

Here are links to Occupy efforts in Texas. If you don’t see your city on this list–which is a few days old now– than go ahead and start Occupy yourself wherever it is you may live.

Please consider taking the time to learn more about the Occupy Wall Street effort.

In my view Occupy Wall Street is about everyday people who want a fair shake in exchange for hard work.

October 24, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. People should not be arrested for taking part in our democracy.

    I believe they were arrested for trespassing. They tried to appropriate public property for narrow political ends while holding placards opposing same.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 25, 2011

  2. Matt–That is one way to look at it. Another might be that they are being arrested for being part of Occupy Chicago.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 25, 2011

  3. CNN reported that there were 1,000 people present. The park closed for the evening, and the police told people to leave the park. Most of them left, and they were not arrested. They were Occupy Chicago folks too, and they continued to demonstrate on nearby public property as is their right.

    So they were not arrested for being part of Occupy Chicago. The distinction between those who were arrested and those who weren’t was not their affiliation with Occupy Chicago, but their trespass.

    The City of Chicago publishes details of all arrests in the city, searchable by place and date. Pick a random time period and you’re likely to see a few “1350″ offenses. That’s shorthand for “criminal trespass to state supported land.”

    Do you want to see the charges dropped? I don’t think they should be. As I said, people are arrested for trespassing there all the time; some are demonstrators, some are not. I don’t see why Occupy Chicago should get a pass when a lone protester, another group, or just a guy walking through the park after hours is subject to the law.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | October 25, 2011

  4. Well said Matt. It is strange to hear how people are arrested for “taking part in our democracy” when truly they are simply breaking the law. What if Texas Conservatives wanted to protest this blog Neil? What if they showed up outside of your home with signs, chants and trash? Now what if they decided to sleep on your lawn? Would you consider them to be simply taking part in our democracy or would you call the law to have them removed? You can’t exercise your rights while you trample on someone else’s.

    Comment by Mike | October 26, 2011

  5. Bishop James Alan Wilkowski speaks at Occupy Chicago on Monday, October 31, 2011.

    - Bill Morton

    Comment by Rogers Park (@RogersPark1000) | November 8, 2011


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